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benedict becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. the stunning move that has the world asking who's next. >>> from hunger games to "silver linings play book" she is captivating audiences everywhere. jennifer lawrence talks. >>> and swim suit inc. a show stopping cover as kate upton graces "sports illustrated" swim suit edition once more. we go inside the big business of a well-worn bikini. >>> keep it right ♪ chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> if the last 600 years have taught us anything it's that popes don't quit. there is no holy father rest home. it is a job for life or at least it was until this morning when over a billion catholics did a double take over the news that benedict xvi had given his two weeks' notice in latin. why now and what does it mean for the church? who could possibly replace him. here's terry moran. >> reporter: an ordinary rainy monday in the vatican except for that lightning bolt striking the vatic
. >>> tonight on "nightline," pope steps down. a bombshell announcement as pope benedict becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. the stunning move that has the world asking who's next. >>> from "hunger games" to "silver linings playbook" she is captivating audiences everywhere. oscar front-runner jennifer lawrence talks tinseltown parties and hollywood royalty. >>> and swimsuit inc. a show-stopping cover as kate upton graces "sports illustrated" swimsuit edition once more. we go inside the big business of a well-worn bikini. >>> keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60 seconds. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ female announcer ] in just 60 seconds, you can't get more italian. it's on. let's roll. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> if the last 600 years have taught us anything it's that popes don't quit. there is
with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without controversy. the scottish cardi
history with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without con
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
that has the pope's spokesman of accusing people of trying to pick pope benedict's successor. the oscars are tonight and the question remains who is going to win. we will have the various races, who are the potential upsets going into tonight. we will look at that and on a light note it's a canine fat camp. inside a company this is helping to get minnesota's best friend healthy and trim. pet obesity, apparently a big problem in america. one dog at this place lost 25 pounds in three weeks, which would be impressive for humans. and that's all coming up on gma this morning. katie, hope you will be in the audience. >> i hope those canines can have some tips for their two-legged friends. >> especially going into top's oscars viewing party. >> oh, yes, you can be too thin. thanks, dan. >>> >>> this morning there are nearly 400 fewer firearms on the peninsula after a tri-city gun buyback. the event involving palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park was so popular many were turned away. police paid $100 forehand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man alone collected $1,400. >> i'm a duck hunt
. >> kirit, our thanks to you. >>> on this sunday, a swelling crowd at the vatican for one of pope benedict's final appearances. just as we learn tonight of jockeying among the cardinals of the vatican and of the bold warning. cardinals will be told they will not be allowed to tweet when they arrive to choose the new pope. david wright reporting from the vatican. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. it's late, but the lights are on tonight in the pope's apartment. just look up there. they seem to be the only ones on. perhaps he's packing up. earlier today as he addressed the faithful, he didn't even acknowledge his imminent departure, but the crowd sure did. at least 50,000 roman catholics came to say goodbye. but pope benedict kept it strictly business as usual. even though he will appear in that window just one more time, before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today and it matters probably more to them than to him. >> reporter: even before this pope has fully said his goodbyes, behind the scenes the focus has already turned to choosing his successor.
insight into your pets and your thought. we test our own dog to find out. >> pope benedict xvi order some big changes. another scandal at the church. >> two well-known companies teaming up to make a change to our cars. >> the conclave to choose the successor to pope benedict xvi could come about sooner than expected. >> as the vatican prepares for historic change. there's also some damage control under way. a day after speaking from the window for the last time. pope benedict xvi change the rules for the upcoming conclave. letting cardinals' move but they start date if they're in a room before the 15-day transitional period. this could be the most important decision of his life. >> i really [inaudible] said that i can hear that voice. >> the conclave will get under way amid new turbulence. today the vatican announced pope benedict xvi has accepted the resignation of scotland's top catholic figure. saying he turns 75 next month. the normal retirement age for bishop. just yesterday the british paper reported allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980's. in los an
of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
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, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116 cardinals who will be meeting in the next few weeks in rome or rather in the vatican city to elect the next pope. fredricka in. >> in general, are people taking this report seriously throughout rome, or is th
and the final days of pope benedict's rule. this morning the vatican says he has accepted the resignation of scotland's archbishop. cardinal keith o'brien has been dogged by accusations he abused four men in the 1980s, all of those men studying to become priest. this as pope benedict delivered his final public prayer ceremony and accusation that a scandal may have prompted the first papal resignation in 600 years. cnn's ben wedeman looks at the explosive claims thundering through the vatican. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggests his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the report suggests that serious improprieties within the vatican amounted to violations of sixth and seventh commandments, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not commit adultery. pope ben
. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at the vatican. tomorrow, we'll see him on television. but most of it will take place behind the vatican walls. 50,000 tickets for this event, standing room only crowd. and for a pope who is famously reserved, it counts as an emotional farewell. they came today by the thousands to say good-bye. pope benedict gave them an up-close look, moving through the crowds in the popemobile. he even stopped to kiss a baby. the first pope since the middle ages to step down, smiling today, as he took it all in one last time. the crowd got to their feet and gave him a long standing ovation. today, he looked thin and frail as he addressed the faithful, referring back to the day eight years ago when he first appeared on that balcony. in that moment, he said, i felt like st. peter with the apostles in the boat on lake galilee. referring to that iconic gospel scene right over the entrance of st. peter's basilica. benedict noted that, at times, t
benedict's last sunday blessings. >> and while there could be drizzle, more sunshine for the afternoon. >> and imagine this, pretty tense moments. nearly 100 people got stuck on a zoo monorail. how firefighters were able to get them down. th >> and welcome back to 11 news sunday morning. thank you so much for joining us. >> ava here with another look outside. still foggy driving in this morning. any better? >> yes. still lingering over from yesterday. yesterday was one of those days where you just wanted to stay inside. >> we were starting the day off like that but as you see right now on the radar there's still some activity going on in the mid-atlantic. those are sprinkles trying to develop and the steadiest of the showers are down to the south moving offshore. so you just have to deal with these high moisture counts then we should see some clearing. they are reporting dry conditions. the current temperature with all that mild weather keeping the temperature is ok this morning then we're warmer as we go into the afternoon and we should see more sunshine this afternoon and that will l
's ready for a younger generation to lead. >>> today begins the last work week for pope benedict xvi. the 85-year-old pontiff is set to retire thursday night. yesterday he delivered his final public blessing in st. peter's square, telling the crowd, "god told me to go." he reassured the world's 1.2 billion catholics that his decision to retire does not mean he's abandoning the church. the pope has one final appearance scheduled wednesday. experts say as his final act as pope, he might change the rules governing conclaves to speed it up. >>> cardinals from around the world have started to gather in rome. washington archbishop donald wuerl left over the weekend. he and 116 other cardinals will meet next month to elect the successor. tony? >>> thank you very much. police in takoma mark investigate an apparent murder/suicide. happened along flower drive around 2:00 sunday morning. the victims are david draugh and steven hickman. david was a teacher. school officials expected to release more information about his death later today. >>> and police in virginia are searching for a person of
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
? >> all right, al. thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, pope benedict xvi, or roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, well, they go. he will have to switch to brown shoes. we understand he'll wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in a british newspaper sunday that o
." this week marks pope benedict's last as head of the catholic church. benedict gave his final sunday blessing to a crowd of 100,000 faithful followers yesterday in st. peter's square, telling them he is not abandoning the church and that he will continue to serve god. meanwhile, cardinal keith o'brien, the head of the church in scotland, has announced that he is stepping down amid accusations of inappropriate and intimate behavior with current and former priests. the pope has reportedly accepted cardinal o'brien's resignation. >> god, mike, i tell you what. whoever the next pope is, they need to go on an all-out hunt. just no matter how ugly it gets. that actually could have been pope benedict's grand legacy over seven years. >> and it's not going to be. >> it's not going to be. >> no. they need to open the windows of the vatican. they need to let a cleansing ear come through, they need to clean out a lot of things. they need to be much more open about the vatican bank and the finances of the vatican and the conduct and behavior of priests and higher ranking members of the hierarchy. >> if th
. appreciate that from you. more coming up. >>> now to the vatican, where moments ago, pope benedict made history, delivering his weekly sunday prayers from the balcony for the last time before he retires this thursday. all this, as the vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. abc's david wright is in rome. >> reporter: this was the last time we will see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. this time, next week, the papal apartment will be sealed for his successor. the elections, or at least the campaign, well under way. it's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. palace intrigue is part of the history going back 2,000 years. >> through the course of centuries, cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. >> reporter: now the vatican says that the media is trying to meddle. >> today, there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: salacious cha
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benedict xvi steps down. two italian papers say the reason he's leaving has nothing to do with his health and much more so to do with his explosive 300 page report. among the allegations here, secrets about a network of gay priests blackmailed by a group of male prostitutes. but, the vatican says the contents of this report will, as they say, remain for the pope's eyes only. >> the holy father has decided that the acts of this investigation known only to himself remain solely at the disposition of the new pope. >> and as you can imagine, the fallout is going global. today, one of the uk's highest ranking catholic leaders resigned as he's dogged by accusations of sexual abuse. i want to go straight to christiane amanpour, live tonight in rome. tell me what exactly is cardinal keith o'brien accused of and what does his resignation thus mean for the vote for the next pope? >> reporter: well, look, brooke, here we are standing in front of st. peter's, right there, the heart of the vatican. as you say, they are in damage control and they really did not expect that the last few days of the pope
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
and strongest example of how the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to issue new rules about the timing and proceedings of the conclave. he can do it by decree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day equivalent of the borgias. these day, the italian papers read like dan brown novel. as doier prepared for the pope's eyes only. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as in the italian press, the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. from the papal apartments. they gave the pope a report. only he and they know what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, there's the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahony and other voting cardinals. the request raised, should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope? moments ag
city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step yesterday, the vatican secretary of state, of calling -- of issuing a statement calling the situation b
on the way to see pope benedict the 16th. sunday he gave his final blessing to a massive crowd. he'll make a final appearance wednesday and officially step down thursday. then the cardinal will decide when to pick the next pope. >> i don't think it will be seen as a very good thing if the pope who is supposed to be reminding them of their responsibilities to build peace. >>gretchen: the vatican plans to have the new pope in place by holy week. hamid karzai kicking troops out of a crucial region. he ordered special forces to leave the province outside kabul in two weeks over abuse claims. afghan security officials claim afghan troops are harassing, torturing and killing innocent people in villages. karzai demands the u.s. hands over individuals involved. the u.s. is investigating the claims. >> jimmy johnson does it again at daytona. >> the daytona 500 goes to jimmy johnson, five-time champion. >>gretchen: johnson starting the season with his second win at daytona, the tenth driver to do that. danica patrick, the first woman to win, finished eighth. saturday's crash still on everyone's mind
the new pope next month. the conclave will start soon. today pope benedict issued a change in the rules to get around the usual 15-day delay. >>> east bay authorities are telling their version of why mc hammer was arrested. the alameda county sheriff says the car hammer was in had expired tags and belonged to another person. hammer reportedly reacted angrily to a request for proof of ownership and refused to step out of the car. he was arrested thursday in dublin for obstructing a police officer. hammer says he was racially profiled. >>> plenty of new tips about investigators about the prime minister suspect in the las vegas strip shooting. police are looking for 26-year- old ammar harris. they say he shot and killed aspiring rapper kenneth cherry who was an oakland native. ever since harris was identified as the prime suspect, tips have been pouring in. police found his range rover over the weekend. >>> a man who managed to fight off an armed robber helped palo alto police come up with a sketch of that suspect. here's the drawing of the man wanted f
this morning. pope benedict xvi has given the cardinals permission to start up the date of the conclave. there will be one fewer cardinal in that conclave. keith o'brien, head of the church in scotland, has resigned after he was accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior. let's bring in nbc news vatican analyst george michaels, senior fellow at the ethics and policy center. george, so more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday for the pope's pin am sunday blessing. but have you all this controversy out there. let's start with cardinal o'brien. this is a man who has been outspoken in his views against homosexuality and when there were calls for l.a.'s former cardinal to stay home from the conclave because of his role in protecting the abusive priests. here is what the cardinal said. >> if someone erred in some way or another that does not -- judgment and other matters. >> probably not exactly the statement that people would have wanted to hear from him. so he's decided to step down. was this the vatican pushing him out of the conclave? >> reporter: i think
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